The Eternal Black Adder

Black Adder The Eternal Champion
Black Adder
The Eternal Champion

For that small segment of people who are both fans of Michael Moorcock’s Elric Saga and the old(ish) BBC sitcom series, Black Adder, this is probably a ROFLMAO moment given that Robert Gould’s 1983 cover art for The Sailor on the Seas of Fate makes Elric look a lot like Rowan Atkinson.

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“Snow Predicted”

Snow Predicted - Oil on Canvass“Snow Predicted”

Yeah, that’s about as iconic as one can get when it comes to how so many Americans react to any prediction of severe weather. 🙄

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Painted In Blood & Irony

During the morning of Tuesday, September 29, 2015 a street artist, identified by friends as Antonio Ramos, in Oakland, CA was gunned down and killed while working on a community art project, the Oakland Superheroes Mural Project which is a project sponsored by Oakland’s Attitudinal Healing Connection.

Straight Outta Oakland
Straight Outta Oakland – Painted In Blood & Irony

Yes, this is sad. Indeed, it approaches the level of tragedy. It should, however, have been an expected outcome. It’s not rational to believe that one can to empower individuals to be self-aware and inspired through arts, creativity and education, making positive choices to break the cycle of violence for themselves and their communities in the ghettos and barrios. Crime and depravity are too entrenched for such efforts to work at any meaningful level and too many of the population of those zones will actively work against such efforts.

At best, such civic minded entertainments should await comprehensive law enforcement purges of the ghettos and barrios before being attempted. Otherwise, the street art ends up, as in Mr. Ramos’ sad case, painted in blood and irony.

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